Thursday, March 19, 2009

Foodie Friday Disasters!




I have certainly done it all! Overcooked, undercooked, forgot to take it out to cook...but probably nothing stands out as the ultimate of disasters. One of the funniest hostess disaster stories I know is supposedly true. It takes place a number of years ago when everyone looked to "High Society" for everything impeccable. Sort of like Martha Stewart would be today. Anyway, I think it was Lady Astor. She was having a huge sit down dinner with the must upper of the upper crust. Everything was at the highest level of perfection. The best china, silverware, crystal and most opulent of floral arrangements -- you get the picture. The guests had all been seated, the soup course served and cleared - it was time for the grand entrance of the entree (which to my understanding was a turkey). Just as the young server stepped through the door, silver tray laden with the most perfect turkey to be placed on the table for a grand show of carving.....she stumbled, the tray tilted, and the turkey fell on the floor! The guests gasped! The server stood frozen in total dismay. Lady Astor, never missing a beat, just smiled graciously and said, "Oh that's all right my dear! Just remove this turkey back to the kitchen and bring out the OTHER one!" Now that was a fast recovery....don't you think? Think there really was another one? Wouldn't work for me though... no sireee! I have one of those open floorplans that leaves no "kitchen secrets" hid -- it's all in plain view! I guess I would just have to excuse myself for a little trip through the KFC drive through --- but then that's why I'm not "high society!" I'll bet it was the talk of the social circles for years!


See ya!

18 comments:

  1. I believe it. The old grand dames never missed a beat. Can't you see the Queen of England saying the same thing? Dignity and grace. Nothing like me.

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  2. Grace under pressure, even when the turkey is on the floor. Now THAT's such a great story! And a great Foodie Friday post!

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  3. Great story, and post.
    Have a happy 1st day of spring,
    Maryrose

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  4. Got to love a quick witted broad...great story and they probably did have another turkey with their money...Happy Friday to you...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  5. What a great story! Never heard of a back up turkey before, you had me laughing!! Happy Foodie Friday!

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  6. Such a great story--the definition of a gracious (and smart) hostess! :)

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  7. What a great story and what a great hostess. never missed a beat! A story like that is the reason that there are doors on the kitchen!

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  8. What a great story! Now that is the true meaning of "gracious" - I love the fact that she didn't berate the server (at least in front of the guests lol). Kathy

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  9. That's a hot one....go get the OTHER turkey! ~ Robyn

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  10. Love this story! I probably would have just employed the 10 second rule and served the darn thing! Nancy

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  11. That was quick thinking on her part. You just know there wasn't another turkey.

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  12. Love that. At my house we might pick up a little pet hair with the turkey too. Yuck!

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  13. Great story!!! I need to remember this one.

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  14. What about the 5 second rule? Doesn't that apply? :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    amy@maisonbelle.

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  15. That's a cute story, and I love it that someone high-falutin (sp?) would be so down to earth! Linda

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  16. Hi Martha...this is one of those wonderful stories that always makes me say, "Darn, I wish I could think to say that.." not that I've had that experience...LOL ;-) Bo

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